Amitabha Phowa Empowerment and Retreat

Continue your Spiritual Journey with the Buddha of Limitless Light Empowerment and Transference of Consciousness at Death 

November 10-16th, 2017
led by Retreat Master: Khenpo Jigme


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Khenpo Jigme has chosen the specific date of November 6th to begin this retreat because it is a Great Wheel Day–when all spiritual practice is multiplied many fold.  Also, this time is connected to Buddha Shakyamuni’s decscent to Earth from the Tushita Heavens. Additionally, the full seven days is necsessary to invoke the blessing field and open communication with the Pureland; build inner energy; clear obstructions and rest the mind in the bliss of emptiness infused with compassion.
For schedule, costs and details please see the Special Events Page at 
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Scholarship available for 5 Nights free stay at VVRC
Due to the kindness of an anonymous donor, we will have a drawing for a 5 night all expense paid stay at the Center.
If you are interested in having your name tossed in the Hat, please email Himani by Sept. 29th. The drawing will be at noon on Sept. 30th. The gifted one will be responsible for their own travel to VVRC. Requested dates are per availability.

If you attended the Chakrasamvara Empowerment with Thrangu Rinpoche and have not yet received the Sadhana, please contact Himani.


Recent Highlights: On August 12th Khenpos Lobzang and Jigme officiated the first wedding ceremony in the Shrine Room. Jake March and Katey Sliker, long term practitioners from Boulder, took their vows in a traditional Marriage Empowerment Ceremony with 40 family members and friends sharing their intent in lives dedicated to love. The Khenpos and staff spent the entire day prepaing the setting and atmosphere. Many rose petals were thrown to increase the auspiciousness of this sacred union.
All were transported to Dakini Land.

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The Concise Mind Instructions Called Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet
This is the 60th Anniversary of Khenpo Gangshar’s momentous teaching on the pith instructions
for practicing Mahamudra and Dzogchen.


Khenpo Gangshar, a great scholar who became a mahasiddha, had a vision of the impending invasion of Tibet while he was teaching theUttaratantra at Trungpa Rinpoche’s Surmong monastery. He wanted all his students to receive these essential instructions for directly looking at one’s mind.In August, 1957 he gave these instructions to his students which included Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, and Khenpo Karthar. Afterwards Thrangu Rinpoche invited Khenpo Gangshar to his monastery where Khenpo Gangshar wrote these teachings down.

Thrangu Rinpoche has said, “These instructions are short but carry exceptional blessings and power. Not only are they beneficial, they are also easy to practice. They are concise, yet profound and can truly help us.” He has also said that these teachings were invaluable help to him during the most difficult time of his life and that they most likely saved his life.

To practice these teachings, traditionally, it is important to receive the reading and oral transmission from a person who has practiced these teachings and received them from a lineage.We have a great opportunity to create this karmic connection with these teachings from Thrangu Rinpoche who received the transmission directly from Khenpo Gangshar.
The Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa said that the Mahamudra teachings were the most appropriate teachings for practitioners in the West. In the past 40 years Thrangu Rinpoche has been teaching Buddhism and establishing Buddhist centers in dozens of countries. He has published 44 books in English on Buddhism including 12 on Mahamudra practice, 1 on the union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen practice, and Vivid Awareness which is a compilation of Thrangu Rinpoche’s teachings on Khenpo Gangshar.

VVRC Announces: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will present two weekend programs in Crestone

July 7-9 and July15-16, 2017: Khenpo Gangshar’s “Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet” 
Friday July 7th ( 2-5 pm ) and Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9t ( 9am-5pm ) $220 Program Fee

Chakrasamvara Empowerment: Saturday July 15th and Sunday July 16th ( 9am-5pm ) $150 Program Fee

  A Special Event With Khenpo Lobzang:








KHENPO GANGSHAR TEACHING: Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche will be teaching on the exceptional Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar called “Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet”. Khenpo Gangshar presented these teachings in 1957 to Thrangu Rinpoche, Trungpa Rinpoche and Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Thrangu Monastery in Tibet.

“In this modern society when everyone has to work and every individual has their own particular difficulties, the most outstanding and extraordinary oral instructions are those of Mahamudra. In particular for all of us who live in the West, these extraordinary oral instructions have great benefit, are extremely easy to practice, and make it easy to attain the ultimate result.”
— Thrangu Rinpoche

CHAKRASAMVARA: The purpose of the Chakrasamvara Empowerment is to provide the conditions to link the practitioners’ mind with the state of Enlightenment. Buddha Shakyamuni manifests as Chakrasamvara to remove obstacles, cut through the causes of ignorance and protect practice for the benefit of all beings. The Yidam is the Wheel of Supreme Bliss in Union with Emptiness: Self-Cognizing Wisdom in the Endless Display of Compassion.